Rated R · 97 minutes · 2009

One of the most entertaining films of the year, The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough (Michael Sheen), a British soccer coach in the 1970s. Starting in 1968 with third-division Derby County, Clough leads his team to national and European championships. He’s driven largely by his hatred of rival coach Don Revie (Colm Meaney), which leads him to self-destruct in that entertaining way that the famous and driven do. While the story and acting are impeccable, the film’s strongest element is the perfect re-creation of an era. The interiors are seamless representations of the ’70s, from the chintzy decorations to the narrow halls and institutional paints. Peter Morgan’s script is also notable for its smart phrasing. In short, this is a tiny film devoid of errors with just enough depth to make it worthwhile.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/thedamnedunited/#/home
Director: Tom Hooper
Producer: Andy Harries, Hugo Heppell, Christine Langan and Grainne Marmion
Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham, Joseph Dempsie, Colm Meaney, Martin Compston, Maurice Roëves, Elizabeth Carling, Brian McCardie, Peter McDonald and Giles Alderson


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Memphis Flyer Football's Back Pages Brits look back at the gritty, grubby days of "the beautiful game." by Hannah Sayle 11/12/2009
Portland Mercury Thank You, Ignorance The Damned United: Another attempt at getting Americans to give a shit about soccer. by Zac Pennington 10/29/2009

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